The Center for Rural Affairs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was established in Northeast Nebraska in 1973. For more than 45 years, the Center for Rural Affairs has been a leading force engaging people to build a better rural future. The Center for Rural Affairs is headquartered in Lyons, Nebraska and has on-site and in-home offices throughout Nebraska and Iowa. The Center for Rural Affairs focuses on small business and farm development, farm and rural policy, research, and community development. Additional information about the Center for Rural Affairs can be found at www.cfra.org.
The Center for Rural Affairs is hiring a Director of Lending / Program Director for the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). The Director of Lending / Program Director will report to the Executive Director and provide strategic direction, partnership development, and staff management to a team that includes eight full-time staff and fifteen part-time contractors. The program provides small business training, technical assistance, and lending to small businesses in rural Nebraskans. The program makes small business loans up to $150,000 and has an outstanding loan portfolio of $6.2 million. The program began in 1990, and in 2013, became a federally certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Near 40% of program clients are now Latino. Organization leadership anticipates significant growth in the reach and impact of the program in the next 5 years. The Director of Lending / Program Director will be instrumental to helping to design, guide, and oversee program growth.
This is a full-time position located in Lyons, Nebraska that includes frequent travel across the state to meet with staff, partners, and clients. Compensation is commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package will be provided. Hiring preference will be given to applicants able to work in the Center's home office in Lyons, Nebraska full-time. Highly qualified applicants based elsewhere in Northeast Nebraska and able to work at least half-time in Lyons and half-time in an existing or newly established remote office may be considered.
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Interested individuals can apply by sending their resume, cover letter, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply by December 15, 2018 for full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.
The Center for Rural Affairs is an equal opportunity employer and provider.
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